After all, he not only managed to brainwash elite Sarah Lawrence College students in an abusive cult, but he also turned the lives of many people upside down through his careful words and manipulations. Among them was in part his former friend/former commissioner of the New York Police Department, Bernard Kerik – so if you’d like to know more about him, we’ve got the details for you.
Who is Bernard Kerik?
Although Army veteran Bernard joined the NYPD in 1986, he actually gained prominence in the early 1990s due to his close affiliation with politician Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani.
That’s because he proudly served as a driver and bodyguard during the mayor’s successful 1993 election campaign before joining the Department of Correction in 1994 with full support. It wasn’t until a year later that he first met Larry, just so that they would gradually develop a connection so deep that the latter was even the best man when he married Hala Matli in 1998.
Bernard was actually appointed to the Department of Correction’s Commissioner the same year he married—a position he held until he earned the title of New York Police Commissioner in 2000. He was in power during the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, 2001, his rapid response earned him international status as well as several distinctions in the United States and the United Kingdom.
However, things quickly began to change as Larry was apparently determined to seek revenge after his friend didn’t help him when he faced (unrelated) securities fraud charges. Larry was apparently the one revealing Bernard’s mafia connections in the early 2000s, which were explored in more detail once he withdrew his candidacy to head the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.
The former officer—he had left the force in 2001—cited the fact that he had previously unknowingly hired an undocumented person as a nanny as a reason, but the investigations that followed revealed more. It was revealed that he had given “misleading statements” to the White House while being vetted for that location and had also received more than $250,000 from a company allegedly linked to the mafia for home renovations.
Where is Bernard Kerik now?
Bernard pleaded guilty to two counts related to alleged link to organized crime in June 2006 but avoided jail by simply being fined $221,000. Nevertheless, in 2010, the high school dropout—he received his GED while in the military—was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison, plus 3 years of probation, as well as a restitution order of $188,000.
This follows his guilty plea to five counts of making false statements to the government, two counts of tax evasion and one count of making a false statement for a loan. Bernard was reportedly released from federal custody on October 15, 2013, and his period of supervised release ended definitively in October 2016, meaning he has been a free man ever since.
While it is imperative to note that he was granted a full pardon for his eight 2010 crime convictions by President Donald Trump on February 18, 2020, allowing him to spread his wings further. We must also mention that no other allegation made by Larry against Bernard, particularly regarding the fact that he was paying young people (Larry’s victims) to poison him, has ever been supported by any evidence.
Therefore, today, at the age of 67, the former police executive continues to reside in the New York metropolitan area, where he is a speaker, entrepreneur, consultant and author. The CEO of Kerik Group has actually written two memoirs so far: “The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice” (2001) and “From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate 84888-054” (2014).